Used for thousands of years in China, acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Acupressure is often described as simply acupuncture without the needles.
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy — or a life force called qi or ch’i. It is also believed that twelve major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure uses this principle to help restore balance.